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Rogers' Slide is nearly eight hundred feet in height and, to all appearances, it is a solid rock; the face of it is good proof that it is. It is located north of Hague-on-Lake George.

    In the month of March, 1758, Major Rogers left Fort Edward with a small army for Lake George, which, at that season of the year, is covered with ice.  He reached the lake and on the ice went down the lake.  On the second day he arrived and went upon the land in the south bay of the slide.  The snow was deep and snow shoes were used.  His intention was to go around the mountain and surprise the French at Fort Ticonderoga.  The French had news of his approach and a band of Indians followed by the French were sent to meet him, the Indians being instructed that when they met him to retreat and lead him into the presence of the French.  The armies met and Rogers was defeated and nearly all of his company killed.  The Major was lucky enough to make his escape unharmed.  He ascended the mountain and crossed over to the high and smooth surface on the east. Being a man of quick thought he decided what to do.  He takes off his knapsack and haversack and drops them at his feet. They go rolling through the snow to the lake.  He then stoops over and unties his snow shoes and being a skillful user of them he turns himself around without moving the shoes, placing his toes toward the heel of the shoes.  He then ties them on and walks along side of the track that he made coming up as far as he dared to for fear of meeting the enemy on his trail.  He leaves and makes his way to the lake and goes to where his things were.  He strapped them on and away he went at a lively gait. He finally reached Fort William Henry at the head of the lake.  The Indians that were on his trail finding another track coming in with the one they were following, believed they had two men ahead of them.  They reached the slide and see where his two articles had gone down.  They believed them to be that of those whom they were in pursuit of.  They soon see the Major going off at a lively step and unharmed.  Believing that he was aided in his daring adventure by their Good Spirit they have no right to harm him and left him in the care of that spirit which they dare not offend."

-Unknown Source

Picture taken from the Glens Falls Insurance Company "Collection of Historical Paintings".

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Last modified: August 28, 2007